Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

“I am the living bread.”

Jesus continues to expand on the theme of giving himself to us as living bread come down from heaven. In the first reading Elijah is given food for the journey (viaticum). Strengthened by this he is able to come to the mountain of the Lord. In the Gospel the crowd think they know Jesus, and so aren’t prepared to accept what they are hearing. But Jesus perseveres, offering them himself as the promise of eternal life, to bring us to the mountain of God.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.

Sunday.

Elijah went into the wilderness, days journey, and sitting under a furze bush wished he were dead. ‘Lord,’ he said ‘I have had enough. Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.’ (1 Kings 19:4)

  • Have you ever wished you were dead? Why was that?
  • When have you felt that you just can’t take any more?
  • What turned your situation around?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his concern for you.

 

Monday.

‘Get up and eat, or the journey will be too long for you.’ So he got up and ate and drank, and strengthened by that food he walked for forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. (1 Kings 19:7-8)

  • Who have been the angels in your life that gave you strength to go on?
  • What is that you draw your strength from?
  • Where is your journey taking you towards?
  • Let the Lord speak to you about his care for you.

 

Tuesday.

The angel of the Lord is encamped around those who revere him, to rescue them. Taste and see that the Lord is good. He is happy who seeks refuge in him.  (Psalm 33:8-9)

  • Have you ever been rescued?
  • Reflect on when you have taken refuge in the Lord.
  • What has convinced you that ‘the Lord is good’?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his goodness to you.

 

Wednesday. 

Never have grudges against others, or lose your temper, or raise your voice to anybody, or call each other names, or allow any sort of spitefulness. Be friends with one another, and kind, forgiving each other as readily as God forgave you in Christ. (Ephesians 4:31-32)

  • Which of this list do you struggle with most?
  • Which on this list do you find easiest to put into action?
  • Who comes to mind as you read the invitation to forgive?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his forgiveness of you.

 

Thursday.

The Jews were complaining to each other about Jesus, because he had said, ‘I am the bread that came down from heaven.’ ‘Surely this is Jesus son of Joseph,’ they said. ‘We know his father and mother. How can he now say, “I have come down from heaven”?’ (John 6:41-42)

  • What is your most common complaint about Jesus?
  • What is it about Jesus that convinces you to trust in him?
  • What is it about Jesus that you struggle with?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his faith in you.

 

Friday

No one can come to me unless he is drawn by the Father who sent me, and I will raise him up on the last day. It is written in the prophets: They will all be taught by God, and to hear the teaching of the Father and learn from it, is to come to me. (John 6:44-45)

  • When have you felt drawn by the Father?
  • What life lesson have your been taught by God?
  • ‘What is your hope about being raised up?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his drawing close to you.

 

Saturday

‘I am the living bread which has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I shall give is my flesh, for the life of the world. (John 6:51)

  • Reflect on the idea of ‘living bread’.
  • Reflect on the promise of living for ever.
  • Reflect on the bread that Jesus gives us is his flesh.
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his giving you life.
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